Tens of thousands are to be driven out of their homes because their numbers pose a major demographic threat to a Jewish state. Jonathan Cook writes from Nazareth.
The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes - some for the second or third time - should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be.
Last week 36,000 Bedouin - all of them Israeli citizens - discovered that their state is about to make them refugees in their own country, driving them into holding camps. These Israelis, it seems, are the wrong kind.
Their treatment has painful echoes of the past. In 1948, 750,000 Palestinians were expelled by the Israeli army outside the borders of the newly declared Jewish state established on their homeland - what the Palestinians call their Nakba, or catastrophe.
Israel is regularly criticised for its belligerent occupation, its relentless expansion of illegal settlements on Palestinian land and its repeated and savage military attacks, especially on Gaza.
On rare occasions, analysts also notice Israel's systematic discrimination against the 1.8 million Palestinians whose ancestors survived the Nakba and live inside Israel, ostensibly as citizens...
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